Today, OpenTable revealed its Top 100 restaurants “fit for foodies” in America. The list was determined by OpenTable’s analysis of more than five million reviews of more than 20,000 restaurants across the country. The list includes twelve restaurants from Philadelphia, the second most restaurants from one city, only Portland, Oregon had more.
The list includes a high concentration of restaurants from California, Oregon and Pennsylvania but not as many from traditional restaurant cities like Chicago (five restaurants), Los Angeles (five), New York (four) and San Francisco (one).
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Last night’s Battle of the Burger was captured by chef Justin Swain of Rex 1516 with his Pimento Burger. Topped with pimento cheese, crispy red onion, bacon and bibb lettuce, the house blend burger was served on a brioche bun and was the top voted entrant. Swain and his Rex 1516 crew beat out nineteen other restaurants to win the title.
Check out the photos from the Battle last night as Rex 1516 took the crown.
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The web site CityPASS has created an infographic of the fifteen most outrageous foods in America. And in what must be a point of pride, three of the dishes are from Philadelphia.
PYT, which is the brightest lightbulb for list making moths that there is, makes the infographic for its “Sarancha Burger,” a burger doused in a combo of Sriracha, Ranch and Salsa. Varga Bar’s crab fries, that actually come with crab, also make the list. And thirdly, a food so outrageous it requires two stops, the Philadelphia Taco. The Philadelphia or sometimes, South Street Taco starts with a Jim’s Steaks cheesesteak that is then wrapped with a giant slice of Lorenzo’s Pizza around it.
15 of America’s Most Outrageous Foods [CityPASS]
Last week, we told you High Street on Market made Bon Appetit’s short list of the 50 best new restaurants in the United States, along with South Street’s Serpico. Today the top ten list came out and High Street is number two. The magazine’s Andrew Knowlton calls out head baker Alex Bois in particular.
I dare anyone who has jumped on the gluten-free bandwagon (without a doctor’s note) to eat at High Street on Market and still call himself gluten-intolerant. You don’t stand a chance. Know why? Because chef Eli Kulp basically built this restaurant around head baker Alex Bois’s superstar bread program.
UPDATE: And hey, there’s a video, too! All about Kulp, High Street, Alex Bois and the bread program. Check it out after the jump.
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Sazerac at Southwark
Southwark gets a nice national accolade. The Queen Village bar and restaurant is recognized as one of the Best Bars in America by Food & Wine. The magazine praises the bar as a “pioneer in the resurgence of classic cocktails in Philadelphia.”
It isn’t the first time that Southwark has been so honored. Back in 2011, it and Franklin Mortgage both made the list.
Best Bars in America – Southwark [Food & Wine]
Iron Hill Brewery walked away from this weekend’s World Beer Cup with five medals (including three golds) plus was named the Brewers Association Champion Brewery and Brewmaster for Small Brewpub.
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Questlove of the Roots lists his ten favorite restaurants across the world for Vanity Fair. And the globe-trotting drummer gives a shoutout to his hometown and Zahav. It joins the likes of Chicago’s Next, Paris’s Le P’tit Bercy and Tokyo’s Sukiyabashi Jiro.
Questlove’s Top 10 Restaurants [Vanity Fair]
Photo by Jason Varney
Tonight is Women Against Abuse’s Dish It Up 2014 event. The night features food, fashion and fun as it features food from premier female restaurateurs and chefs in the city.
Dish It Up 2014 will also feature the brand new Woman of the Year Award to honor women leaders who have shown “extraordinary support of the movement to end domestic violence in Philadelphia.” The first honorees are chef Marcie Turney and Valerie Safran – whose seven restaurants and boutiques on 13th Street in Philadelphia have helped transform the Midtown Village neighborhood into what it is today.
Tickets for the event are now sold out but join us in congratulating Turney and Safran.
Food & Wine is running a contest to recognize America’s best up-and-coming chefs. Six Philadelphia chefs are nominated for “The People’s Best New Chef – Midatlantic.”
Among the not-entirely-new chefs nominated are:
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The James Beard Awards finalists were announced today. And though Philadelphia had semifinalists in ten categories including nine nominees for Best Chef, Mid-Atlantic, few went through to the finals. Brad Spence was the only local nominee to go through for Best Chef Mid-Atlantic. Marc Vetri was nominated for Outstanding Chef and his Vetri is a finalist for Best Service.
Philadelphia also picked up a nomination for Outstanding Restaurant Design as Tria Taproom was cited in the 75-seats and under category.
James Beard Award Finalists »